November 15th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

California court rules illegal immigrants can get in-state tuition

The California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that illegal immigrants may continue to receive in-state tuition at California colleges and Universities.

The decision overturns a lower court ruling.

In their ruling, the state court said California law specifically guarantees in-state tuition, a lower price, for students attending local schools for at least three years.

In their ruling, the court said that state law does not conflict with federal prohibitions for educational benefits for illegal immigrants ased on residency.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. maquinnajo

    You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://ow.ly/3akSX .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

    November 16, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. neil O'Connell

    Discount education for ILLEGALS? COME ON! Give me a break.
    Just open the border and be down with it. The courts are doing it every day a piece at a time.
    Is there no shame?

    November 16, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. LOW LYF

    THIS IS WHY THAT STATE IS BANKRUPT SEND THEM ALL BACK

    November 16, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pancho Villa

    haha

    November 16, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pancho Villa

    SOLVE THE ISSUE COWARDS,KICK US ALL OUT U HAVE VOTING POWER, START WITH ARGRICULTURAL WORKERS FIRST N FARM WORKERS OPEN UR EYES MORONS SHUT UP N ACT ON SOMETHING IM PART OF A NEW HISPANIC ERA MORE ALERT ON THE TRURH WE ARE SLAVES ALL OF US ILLEGAL THANK YOU WHITE PEOPLE.

    November 16, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Leaf

    California should run all the way down to the Panama Canal. So should Texas. Would that be better THINK ABOUT IT??

    November 16, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leaf

    UNBELIEVABLE go out and commit any crime you want to.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick

    Californians will get what they deserve that is California, state of Mexico.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Will

    That is assadine CA. America should cut off CA.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Emma

    Why shouldn't illegal immigrants pay instate tuition if their parents pay state taxes? As long as they don't receive federal student aid, I'm okay with this decision. While it might be unfair to domestic CA students, I believe that children of illegal immigrants should get an education rather than commit crimes, do drugs, and have young families. Let them break through the cycle of poverty because in the end it will cost the US tax payer less. There was a poll this morning asking if the CA Supreme Court ruling is fair, http://my-take.com/poll/should-illegals-pay-instate-tuition Why deport them when so much US tax dollars have already been invested in their education? We could just make them work for us by finding better ways to secure our border.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Listen

      My parents (not rich at all) have paid tens and thousands of dollars to become U.S. citizens. Since our papers have been in process for years, we are in status adjustment. Therefore, no matter how long I live in a certain state, I don't get in-state. So I work hard, study hard, my parents pay in-state taxes, pay the government to become green card holders, and yet illegal immigrants get in-state tuition, when I don't?? I don't want to debate about whether illegal immigrants should get this or that; I just think LEGALs should have those rights first.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. taz

    @ Sue...u made the smartest comment on this subject..if they are here illegally...dont give them money..deport them..simple. Simple. Simple

    November 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reggie R

    This has got to be the most stupidest decision a court can do, am not against immigration but illegal am against
    that means if am an legal American and want to go to a college in California I have to pay more because am out
    of state but an illegal get the in state tuition, I bet you that this will be challenge in court very soon, this is not fair
    WAKE UP AMERICA even our courts are mess up

    November 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Charley

    Instate tuition for illegal aliens: sure let's waste our money and resources educating the criminals and ingrates who make a mockery of our democratic ideals.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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